Cumberbitches, cover your eyes. You won’t like what you’re about to read.
According to Radio Times, Sherlock and Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat revealed at Monday’s Hay Festival that the BBC wasn’t always happy with his casting choices. Specifically: They didn’t think David Tennant was a sexy enough Casanova, and shockingly, they thought the same of Cumberbatch, who apparently lacked a certain sex appeal.
“They said of casting David Tennant as Casanova, ‘Damn, you should have cast someone sexier’,” Moffat said. “With Benedict Cumberbatch, we were told the same thing. ‘You promised us a sexy Sherlock, not him.'”
While it may make fans scream in protest, this actually isn’t the first time we’ve had this discussion. In EW’s cover story on the show, published this past January, writer Clark Collis chimed in on the Cumberbatch’s casting after talking to Moffat, Cumberbatch, and producer Sue Vertue: READ FULL STORY